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  • 20 Dec 2016 8:56 PM | Ove Grunner (Administrator)

    Be sure to check out the new kid in town, Irish Whiskey Magazine, and with the Irish Whiskey Society 100 (quick to the click) of our members will get a special discount by using a special code that we will email out to our members shortly.

    https://www.irishwhiskeymagazine.com/products/annual-subscription-4-issues

  • 27 Mar 2016 12:50 PM | Ove Grunner (Administrator)

    Read the Latest Newsletter:

    Heart of the Run, Vol. #3

  • 09 Mar 2016 3:56 PM | Ove Grunner (Administrator)

    At the recent Irish Whiskey Society tasting of Power’s Whiskey, members were given the opportunity to handle - and to sniff ! - part of a stave from the washback of  the old John’s Lane distillery.  The distillery closed over 40 years ago, yet when this surviving stave was recently sawn through the aroma from the wash- permeated wood escapes and assails the senses.  It’s like releasing the genie from the wood.

    Some members expressed a wish to acquire a portion of the remainder of the stave; this now available in 3” long blocks. (The stave is approximately 2.5” thick and 5”wide.)

    These are available to be picked up in The Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dawson Street, Dublin on a first-come basis. There are about 15 blocks. There is no charge, but we would like you to make a €5 donation to the charity Mary’s Meals.

  • 08 Feb 2016 9:34 PM | Sarah Finney (Administrator)

    The 2nd edition of our newsletter is out! Read all about it!

    Heart of the Run, Vol 2
  • 22 Aug 2015 7:44 PM | Anonymous

      


    Dear IWS Members,

    In case we haven’t been public enough about it, the Irish Whiskey Society is growing rather fast! With resilient chapters in Dublin, Cork, and Boston and two new start-ups kicking off in Galway and the Southeast, our once humble whiskey club is starting to take on a strange resemblance to the success story of its celebrated subject. (Shocking, isn’t it…) To celebrate this welcome evolution, we’ll not only be hosting more events around the country in general but reformatting several of our core features such as the society website, which Deanna Bishop has already done a splendid job with for those of you who still haven’t seen the new page.

    After a some valuable hibernation, we’re proud to say that we'll be re-launching and radically overhauling our newsletter to both connect the far-flung members of our shared society and to offer the best possible commentary on the changing faces of Irish Whiskey and that society itself. Attached to this email should be issue one of The Heart of The Run, our revamped newsletter. We have plenty more plans for the membership press but, for starters, the contents will henceforth be divided, like a freshly cut distillate, between a “Heads” up (nationwide reminders about specific tastings, events, and IWS developments), the “Hearts” of the news (Whiskey world news in which we hope to start including features, interviews, and other meatier scoops from the far side of the still house) and a few tagalong “Tales” (trivia, in-depth looks at topics from whiskey history or production, and maybe a special contribution from a member, guest writer or blogger). Although a special subcommittee has been set up to edit the rag, we want to keep the doors as wide open as a well stocked pub to any members who would like to contribute photos, possible topics, opinionated rants, articles or even just requests. This is your newsletter and if there’s anything you want to see it covering, please get in touch with us

     at newsletter@irishwhiskeysociety.com. Similarly, if you run a distillery, a whiskey bar, or another drammed interesting venture and would like to make a statement to our society press wing, please give us a shout at the same address! 

    In the meantime, here’re the first few drops of what will hopefully be many more to flow.


    Sláinte,

    Da’news, ra’newed


    Click here to read Vol. #1




  • 12 May 2015 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    Live Meet the Masters in The Foundry

    We been extended a very special invite from IDL who have a really exciting project coming up in collaboration with Google HQ in Dublin. On Monday May 18th at 6pm GMT there will be the first ever Google Hangout ON AIR broadcast by a spirit brand from the Foundry, Dublin. The event will be hosted Dave McCabe and the special guests include ALL of the Midleton Masters who will take the audience through the history of single pot still, IDL’s wood management programme, their coopering followed by an official tasting.  There will be a Q and A segment where guests can pose questions to the Masters and the best thing is all of this will be streamed LIVE via YouTube.   The live link will be steamed worldwide via YouTube (Single Pot Still Irish whiskey channel) from 5pm.

    Members of the Irish Whiskey Society have been invited to sit in the auditorium as the live guests so head over to our booking site in order to reserve your spot at what is sure to be a very interesting evening. This is a members only invite and it includes a + 1

    Cork members who wish to attend this event can avail of a complimentary bus on the day provided by IDL.  The bus is departing Patricks Quay at 3pm. It will be leaving the Foundry at 9pm for the return journey to Cork.  Since each member can book up to two spaces (1 + guest), please specify if you wish to reserve a spot for one or two individuals. To reserve a spot on the bus please RSVP to both rsvp@singlepotstill.com and eric.ryan@pernod-ricard.com


    Dublin Tasting: Revolutions in Grain & Mash

    For the end of month tasting we are taking a look at the different experiments that are being conducted with Grain and Mash Whiskey.  In the last number of years there has been an explosion of new small distilleries especially in the U.S.A. but also within Europe and the wider world. Many of these young Turks running craft and alt distilleries wish to make exciting new whiskies, to break new boundaries, to do things that have never been done before. these are the rule breakers, the men and women who are forging the future of whiskey, the new tastes and techniques of the future. Some experiments end in failure, others explore interesting new avenues, whether it be in barrel woods and shapes, charring of barrels, smoking with peat or with woods, finishing with new types of second fill barrels from vermouth to wines to beer barrels. Even the types of still is being played with, with alambic brandy stills to home made stills being put into production. New climatic conditions result in new tastes in aged whiskey.

     This evening should showcase a multitude of different tastes and will feature a selection of whiskey that the majority will have never encountered before so don’t miss out.  Spaces for the tasting can be reserved here

     

    Whiskey Walk

    Following on from last year’s successful walk our resident pot still expert, Fionnan, has devised a new route taking in several of the historical whiskey sites in Dublin.  This will be a different route from last year so should be of interest to all.  Details of this are still being worked out and we should have booking details up on our site in the next few days.  This walk will take place on the 6th June, keep the date free and keep an eye on our booking site.


    Society Expansion – South Eastern Chapter

    With the success of the Cork Chapter we are branching out further, a South Eastern Chapter covering Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford is in the process of being formed, the inaugural meeting of South East Chapter No.2 details will be advertised soon and confirm what we suspect, we love an occasion to enjoy and learn about Whiskey! 

    Please check back regularly for updates and if you require any further information or would like to be kept abreast of developments please like and follow the formation of this chapter on Facebook and Twitter!  Leave a message on Facebook if you’d like to get involved and help out with this chapter.

     

    Review of last month’s Dingle Tasting

    On Friday April 10, the Society held its third annual tasting in Dingle, Kerry. Previously this has proven to a popular event and this year was no different with 41 attending on the night which may well be the largest tasting that the Society has hosted outside of Dublin. The tasting was held in Benner’s hotel on Main Street, Dingle with a selection of eight different whiskey’s to be sampled. These included the new Hyde 10 year old, Tyrconnell 10 year old Port cask, IWS Teeling, Irishman Cask Strength 2013, Celtic Cask (CWS) Deich, Connemara Distillers Edition, Redbreast Manu á Lámh and Teeling Centenary Collection 1914, 24 year old. All excellent whiskeys but the winner on the night was the Redbreast Manu á Lámh by one vote from the Teeling 1914 and the Irishman Cask Strength.

    On the night, we took a break from tradition and had different people presenting the whiskeys. First up was Cormac O Sullivan of Benner’s, followed by Deanna Bishop, Peter White, and Michael and Sean from Dingle distillery. This event was the first time that the IWS had sampled the Manu á Lámh, Teeling 1914, Celtic Cask Deich, Hyde 10 and Connemara Distillers Edition at a tasting.

    Feedback has been very positive from everyone who attended and we look forward to the fourth Dingle tasting next year which will be held in John Benny’s pub on Strand Street, Dingle. Special thanks for making the tasting a huge success this year must go to Cormac O Sullivan, Ashling Dold and the staff of Benner’s Hotel, Florian Walsh for his photography, John Benny of John Benny’s pub, Mary Ferriter and the staff of Dingle Distillery, Finn MacDonnell and staff of Dick Mack’s pub, Walsh Distillery/Irishman-Shane Fitzharris & Woody Kane, Susan Kelly of DAA, Dalcassian Wines; Declan Rice, society member who let us have one of his Manu á Lámhs at cost price, West Kerry Live and everyone from the IWS who travelled from Dublin, Jackie Fitzpatrick and special thanks to all the presenters on the night.

     

    Midleton Academy – Special offer to IWS Members

    Irish Whiskey Society Members are being offered a special opportunity to attend a Saturday session of the Discovery Package  at a discounted rate of €295 instead of the normal rate of €325.  Full details on the package can be found here.  At present we are taking expressions of interest for a Saturday post August.  If there is sufficient interest in this from Society members will we then organise this session.  If interested please drop an email to president@irishwhiskeysociety.com to be kept informed.

     

    Irish Whiskey Awards - Voting

    Exclusive to members of the Celtic Whiskey Club and Irish Whiskey Society. This year, we are holding a blind tasting of all entries at Brooks Hotel on 12th & 13th September. Tasters can do all in one sitting or do it category by category over the weekend. The tasting will be open from 11am-7pm on both days. We will also allow up to 40 overseas members to register and we’ll send samples by post (For a postage charge).

    Experience tells us that if people don’t buy a ticket it is less likely that they'll show up, so when you register there will be a €10 charge which will go to the charity Mary’s Meals. We should raise enough money to feed 100 children in a country such as Malawi for 1 year. This will help Mary’s meals to pass 1,000,000 kids a day mark, providing meals daily in 2015. The Celtic Whiskey Shop will pick up all expenses of the weekend's tasting.

    If members would like to register, please email their Name to tastings@celticwhiskeyshop.com

     

    Save the Date - WhiskyLive

    We’ve seen that WhiskyLive returns to our shores again this year with Saturday Oct 24th being confirmed.  Not a lot of details have been provided for this yet but we’ll keep you updated.  The venue will be The Printworks in Dublin Castle and it’s promised to be a bigger and better event than last year’s event.  Keep an eye on the following site for more details but rest assured we will keep you informed.

     

     A message from the President

    The Christmas party has been booked for Tuesday, December 9, 2015 at 7.30 pm in the smaller room upstairs in Wynn's Hotel, Middle Abbey Street.  Don’t say you weren’t informed early enough so no excuses for missing the party this year.

    If you have news that you’d like us to share, please email newsletter@irishwhiskeysociety.com and if appropriate we will include the news in a forthcoming newsletter.

     

    Membership & Tasting Attendance

    As always new members are always welcome, head along to our website to see how to join up, you can also take a look at our previous tastings to see what we’ve sampled.  Non-members are also always welcome at our tastings to see the whiskies that we taste, and we encourage all to come along to indulge in their curiosity of whiskey.  As always though, please drink responsibly, be aware of your limits.

    Slán go foill



  • 30 Mar 2015 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    Announcing the 2015 Irish Whiskey Awards

    Following on the success of the Irish Whiskey Awards in 2013 & 2014, we are proud to announce the Irish Whiskey Awards for 2015.

    With what feels like a boom of interest in Irish whiskey, it is more fitting than ever to recognise the excellence and innovation by producers and distillers.

     

    Judging

    First, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2 previous year's Awards. This year, we are holding a blind tasting of all entries at Brooks Hotel on 12th & 13th September. Entries will be tasted amongst other category entrants. Voting duties will be carried out by members of the Celtic Whiskey Club and also by the Irish Whiskey Society. We will allow up to 80 members of the Irish Whiskey Society & 80 members of the Celtic Whiskey Club to register to take part in the tasting. Tasters can sample all in one sitting or sample category by category over the weekend. The tasting will be open from 11am-7pm on both days. We will also allow up to 40 overseas members to register and will send samples by post (for a postage charge).

    Experience tells me that if people don’t buy a ticket it is less likely that they'll show up, so when you register there will be a €10 charge which will go to the charity "Mary’s Meals". We should raise enough money to feed 100 children in a country such as Malawi for 1 year. This will help "Mary’s Meals" to pass the 1,000,000 kids a day which they will be feeding daily in 2015. The Celtic Whiskey Shop will cover all expenses of the weekend's tasting.

    Any company submitting samples is welcome to be at the venue to check they are happy with the procedures in place. We will be getting all tasters to mark each whiskey out of 100. After the awards, we will release all scores only to the industry. Each category winner will receive a trophy & runners up will get Gold Medals.

     

    How to register

    Please send an email with your name, phone number & Society or Club membership number to my colleague Al Higgins - tastings@celticwhiskeyshop.com . We can take payment for the €10 charity donation by Paypal (ally@celticwhiskeyshop.com), Credit Card (via phone 01 675 974401 675 9744 or instore), Bank Transfer or Cash (instore).

     

    Why take part?

    You’ll not only get the chance to taste Ireland’s best whiskeys in a unique blind tasting format, you’ll also help decide which whiskeys are best.

     

    What are the categories?

    There will be an overall winner titled 'Irish Whiskey of the Year' along with the following categories.

                 Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey

                Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger)

                Irish Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years & Older)

                Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60)

                Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60 or more)

                Irish Single Cask Whiskey

                Irish Cask Strength Whiskey

                Irish Single Grain Whiskey

                Irish Poitin

                Irish Liqueur

                Irish Gin

                Irish Vodka

                Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Craft Beer

                ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Leinster)

                ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Munster)

                ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Connaught)

                ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Ulster)

                ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (International)

                ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Overall Winner)

     

    The only category that the Celtic Whiskey Shop or Irish Whiskey Society can enter is Irish Single Cask.

     

    When are the awards announced?

    The awards night will be held on the 22nd October at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. Tickets will go on sale in a few months with all proceeds going to charity.

     

    How to get in touch.

    If you have any questions regarding the awards please contact us or ally@celticwhiskeyshop.com or on 01 675 974401 675 9744

    Sláinte

     

    Ally

    www.irishwhiskeyawards.com

    Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on the Green,

    27-28 Dawson Street,

    Dublin 2 

    Tel: 01 675 974401 675 9744                                                

    Fax: 01 675 9768

  • 16 Mar 2015 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    Blessings of Saint Patrick’s Day

    Well, St. Patrick’s day is upon us again so I’m sure that when you raise a glass on Tuesday it will be from one of the many fine distilleries producing spirit from the Emerald Isle, whatever your tastes there is sure to be something that matches your tastes ….. the Saint Patrick’s Day we’d like to suggest that you introduce a friend to this wonderful spirit, raise a glass and toast to the continued growth of the Irish Whiskey industry.


    Tastings

    Already into the 3rd month of 2015 and the tasting calendar is starting to take shape … in Dublin we’ve looked at the new whiskies from 2014 followed by a very entertaining evening with Noel Sweeny from Kilbeggan Distillery as part of our Meet the Distillers Series (see more info below). Our Cork branch has started the year with an evening with Grain Whiskey.

    Later this month in Cork the plans are for an evening investigating the love affair between Sherry and Whiskey, this event takes place on the 25th March in the Porterhouse in Mardyke Complex in Cork. Spaces are going fast so book your spot here.

    In Dublin on the 26th March we are going all peaty. Society President Peter White along with Martin Bolsinger are going to give an introduction to peated whiskies, both Irish and Scottish in a new venue, Wynn’s Hotel on Lower Abbey St. This will be a smaller tasting than some of our more recent tastings so spaces will fill up very soon. Head over to our booking site to reserve you spot as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


    Recap on Feburary Event - Meet the Distiller Nole Sweeney

    We had a great turn out of some 70 members and guests to enjoy some very special whiskey from Cooley Distillery. A great many thanks are extended to them and of course to Noel personally.

    First up was one they simply call “50”, and is 50% ABV. It is meant to be a good whiskey to mix. It is 50% malt and 50% grain so the taste holds well when mixed. It is a 4 year old matured in oak casks only. It offered a sweetness and robust flavour. It is not yet released to the market.

    Next was a Potstill with cask strength of 60% ABV or a bit more. Also a 4 year old matured in oak casks, it has a good fragrance on the nose. With a bit of water added it produced a nice lingering taste. Mostly made of malt and barley, but with some oats to finish it. Not yet released to the market.

    Third was a cask strength Rye, 61-62% ABV, and also 4 years old. This needs a bit of water and it then opens up for a nice long lasting flavour.

    Fourth was a very special 21 year old Kilbeggan at 40% ABV. It is so good water is really not needed but won’t hurt it – taster’s choice. It is very smooth a sweet. Bits of Madeira, Sherry, Port and Bourbon barrels made this one really good. This is on the market but with very limited supply.

    Next to last was another stand out – a 22 year old Connemara, also 40% ABV. Indeed this is “…not your average Connemara…”. Bits of Sherry have been added for sweetness to hold the peat flavour, which is usually lost at this age. Again, it had a very nice finish that lingered. This is also on the market.

    And the big surprise was a “mystery whiskey” (not yet named) that was in a Tyrconnell style and 20 years old! You might even think this was nearly a wine with a very smooth and sweet taste. It is a single malt, finished for 8 years in port casks with an ABV of 57-58%. In short – this was terrific. Noel would not comment on plans to release it, fair play.

    And the overall choice of best on the night was….the “mystery whiskey” by a big margin of victory.

    Thanks again to Cooley and Noel!


    Membership

    Membership for 2015 is now available and we look forward to seeing you at tastings throughout the year. Join us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as our renowned Irish whiskey forum at forum.irishwhiskeysociety.com we look forward to hearing from you.

    Slán go foill

  • 22 Feb 2015 7:38 PM | Anonymous

    Meet the Distiller – Noel Sweeney

    January’s tasting provided a recap of some of the new releases of 2014 and it proved quite popular, some very tasty whiskies were included in the line-up.  February see the first of what we hope to be many more in our ongoing series Meet the Distiller.  This month sees Noel Sweeney from Cooley join us to give us an insight into his trade.  Noel has been at the heart of Cooley and Kilbeggan's many different variations and has been at the forefront of the innovation seen in Irish Whiskey over the last 2 decades.  Head over to our booking site in order to reserve your spot at what is sure to be a very interesting evening.

     

    The Irish Whiskey Society trip to Dingle

    In what new seems to be an annual event the Irish Whiskey Society is planning a tasting event in Dingle again, this time Benner’s Hotel on the Main Street is hosting us.  On Friday 10th April starting at 8pm we will run a very special tasting event.  A specially agreed rate has been agreed with the hotel for those who wish to travel to the tasting. It is €119 for double B&B (usually €134) for the Friday night or €104 per night for double B&B for both Friday and Saturday night and €90 for single Friday night or €80 for single per night for both Friday and Saturday night. Please mention the Irish Whiskey Society when booking your room.

    Spaces for the tasting can be reserved here

     

    Industry News

    Only 2 months into the year and already there’s been some new releases to the Irish marketplace.  An unexpected release of an all Sherry Cask Redbreast 12 year old, Mano a Lámh was released along with a new Kilbeggan 8 year old Single Grain.  Hopefully this is the first of many exciting new releases over the coming months.

    If you have news that you’d like us to share, please email newsletter@irishwhiskeysociety.com and if appropriate we will include the news in a forthcoming newsletter.

     

    Membership & Tasting Attendance

    As always new members are always welcome, head along to our website to see how to join up, you can also take a look at our previous tastings to see what we’ve sampled.  Non-members are also always welcome at our tastings to see the whiskies that we taste, and we encourage all to come along to indulge in their curiosity of whiskey.  As always though, please drink responsibly, be aware of your limits.

     

    Slán go foill

     

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